Queries as Qatar seeks to grow food in Kenya

Tana River delta, said to be where Qatar will be given land for growing crops. Photo/FREDRICK ONYANGO/FILE/

What you need to know:

  • Ruto denies knowledge of the deal while his PS welcomes the concept.
  • Other Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have also been negotiating leases of large tracts of farmland in countries such as Sudan and Senegal.
  • Qatar has already reportedly struck deals this year to grow rice in Cambodia, maize and wheat in Sudan and vegetables in Vietnam.

Kenya will lease out 40,000 hectares (about 100,000 acres) of land to a Gulf state to grow food at a time when the country is facing serious food shortages.

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